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Who will be Entertainer of the Year?

Many of our Winter Texan readers enjoy the shows and dances hosted by the mobile home and RV parks and resorts where their favorite bands and entertainers perform. Each year the Valley Star Awards, hosted by Robert Ferguson and the Winter Texan Times, presents awards to the Rio Grande Valley’s top Winter Texan entertainers – or as we call them, “Wintertainers™.”

This year’s Valley Star Awards Show will be held Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1-4 p.m. at Mission Bell Resort. So now it’s time for you to vote for your favorite entertainers – and Entertainer of the Year for 2019.

There are some new names on this year’s list of nominees for the Valley Star Awards, which includes Entertainer or Group of the Year overall, Male Vocalist of the Year, Female Vocalist of the Year and eight other awards. The ballot appears in the Jan. 23 edition of the Winter Texan Times, or simply click here to see the ballot online. Some of the newer nominees include the Kody Norris Band, Rusty Rierson, Rick McEwen, Shake Rattle & Roll, Texas Wheels, Sweetwater, Kelli Marie and more.

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Valley Star Award winner Helen Russell returns

20190102 Helen Russell promo12The 2018 winner of the Valley Star Awards “Best Small Band Variety Show,” Helen Russell and Company, is in demand with a very full schedule of shows at the RV resorts in the Rio Grande Valley this season.

From country to bluegrass to classic rock to gospel, Helen Russell said she strives to make sure the audience enjoys their show. She said they pride themselves in “giving 100 percent, whether there are 50 people in the audience or 300.”

Regarding being voted “Best Small Band Variety Show” last season, Russell said, “That was only our second year and we didn't think we had a following big enough to win that award. We felt really honored, especially since we had only been here one season prior. It has been awesome. It's more and more like coming home every year.”

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Williamson Branch

Genres: Country, Gospel
Specialty: Gospel, Country, Bluegrass, Clog Dancing
Website: https://www.williamsonbranch.com/home
Tour Dates: https://www.williamsonbranch.com/tour
Videos: https://www.williamsonbranch.com/video
Music: https://youtu.be/VxSWpDBNQuw

WilliamBranchNashville based, Williamson Branch, is a high energy, high steppin’ show that features a fine-tuned variety of bluegrass, gospel and country music, accentuated by world class Appalachian clog dancing. As Pinecastle recording artists, this family fills every performance with memorable moments of love and laughter. In recent years audiences from Canada to the Cayman Islands, Maine to the Mexican border have thrilled to the soaring vocal harmonies and sparkling personalities of Williamson Branch!

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Rusty Rierson

Genres: Country
Specialty: Country, Gospel, Christmas
Website: http://www.rustyrierson.com/
Tour Dates: http://www.rustyrierson.com/calendar.html
Videos: http://www.rustyrierson.com/music.html
Music: https://youtu.be/Gnvqj54l_k8

Rusty Rierson 2Rusty Rierson is a native of Leon, KS. He has been entertaining audiences for 23 years although this is his first full season in the RGV. Growing up on the family farm he fell in love with agriculture and pursued the degree at Kansas State in Agricultural Economics. Rusty graduated in 2008 and then completed a masters degree in Animal Science from K-State as well in summer 2011. Rusty got into music when his father, Roger, suggested that they take lessons together. In 2005, Rierson won the state wide "YF&R talent find contest" hosted by Farm Bureau and performed at the Kansas State fair where he is annually invited back. In 2007 Rusty won the "Colgate Country Showdown" at the state level and placed in the top 15 nationally. He competed again at state in 2008, 2010, and 2011, before signing with his first Nashville record label.

Rusty has played all over the US (including Alaska). Rusty has toured abroad in Canada, Mexico, Central America, Scotland, England, and Ireland. He often travels with the "Better Horses Radio Show" and has played rodeos, barrel races, and horse events all over the midwest, including at the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas in 2009. Rusty has opened for and shared the stage and worked with artists such as Sawyer Brown, John Berry, Doug Stone, Michael Martin Murphy, Dustin Lynch, T. G. Sheppard, Moe Bandy, David Frizzell, R.W. Hampton, Johnny Lee, Bill Gentry, Leroy Van Dyke, Helen Cornelius, Billy Dean, Johnny Western, Love & Theft, Cassadee Pope, Collin Raye, Suzy Bogguss, Radney Foster, Logan Mize, Jimmy Fortune, Craig Campbell, Joe Diffie, Maddie & Tae, John Anderson, Walker Montgomery, Don Williams and many others.

Rierson always plays tribute to George Strait, Don Williams, and some of his other heroes, as well as his own music. Rierson says he hopes people will see his music as "a breath of fresh air". Rusty has produced 8 albums and 1 DVD. There are now more than 100,000 copies of his albums in print.

In 2012, Rusty released his single "Souvenirs", a project recorded in Nashville with producer Richie Owens. The song briefly charted on the Music Row Breakout Chart in the U.S. but went Number 1 for 4 straight weeks on Europe's Country Music Chart, and held off country superstar Toby Keith to the 2nd position the whole time. Rusty charted a few other singles in following years: “Hey Hey Hello”, “Something Bout You”, "Upon This Rock", "That's How Sure I Am", and "Life's Too Short". In addition, he has released multiple Christmas singles to radio over the past few years including most recently his first duet release, a song with Kaylee Keller of Garden City, KS.

Rusty has appeared on numerous television and radio shows including The Shotgun Red Variety Show, Phil Mack International Country Show (on SKY TV), Better Horses with Ernie Rodina, and numerous other local and international shows. Rusty currently manages his own record label: “The Record Ranch”. The label also currently represents Stephanie Layne (Nashville), Camille & Haley (Tulsa), & Mollie Beaver (Wichita, KS). For more info visit www.recordranchrecords.com or www.rustyrierson.com.

Rusty is managed by L. Rice:
(956) 564-1923 or txrices@hotmail.com.
To contact Rusty direct:
(316) 200 4389 or rusrye@gmail.com.

Tavie's 'Rock & Roll' Show

Genres: Rock & Roll
Specialty: Classic 50's and 60's Music
Website: https://www.rocknrollshow.net/
Tour Dates: https://www.rocknrollshow.net/gigs
Videos: https://youtu.be/DS42xjnmIkQ
Music: https://youtu.be/DIg7jlDGNtg

TavieTavie’s “Rock & Roll” Show will take you back to a simpler time, a time of innocence...the 50’s and 60’s. Feel free to come dressed in your poodle skirt and saddle shoes, as Tavie does, and be ready to “rock & roll.” Tavie has performed all over the U.S. and at venues across Germany and Italy during her 27 year tenure in the U.S. Army, and has been heard on oldies stations across the country for many years. She has performed with talent such as The Coasters, Jimmy Clanton (Venus in Blue Jeans), The Country Comedy Tour, The LaBamba Show and for venues such as the Texas Country Music Hall of fame and for The NASA Columbia Space Shuttle Project to name a few.

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Tom Wurth

Genres: Country, Singer-Songwriter, Folk, Blues, Pop, Rock and Roll
Specialty: Guitar and Vocals
Website: www.TomWurth.com
Tour Dates: https://www.tomwurth.com/tour
Videos: https://www.tomwurth.com/videos
Music: https://soundcloud.com/tomwurth
Booking and Press Contact for RGV: Valerie Clark, Print It PR, PRServices@PrintItPR.com, 615-473-1105
Check out Tom Wurth and his music each Wednesday at 7 p.m. Central at www.TomWurth.com/Wurthwhile-Wednesday for his live stream from his Nashville studio.

TOM WURTHOut of the gate Tom Wurth was nominated for a Grammy at only twenty years of age. That milestone built a foundation for his career. The Grammy experience fresh in his mind, Wurth pushed forward with his songwriting aspirations.

Wurth initially signed as a staff writer with Belden Enterprises later signing with one of the largest publishers in the world, BMG Music Publishing. At BMG he garnered two major record label cuts -“If the Road Runs Out” (appearing on Ty Herndon’s Greatest Hits album) and a Ken Mellons cut, “I Can’t Kick My Country” (for “Inside Trax” a NASCAR compilation.)

In 2006, Wurth signed his first record deal. The self-titled Tom Wurth was released on Aspirion Records. The first release, “Bread On The Table,” reached the top thirty on the charts as well as earned a spot on CMT.com for the single’s video.

In 2012, Wurth signed with TaDaRecords recording the studio album, Midnight Rain. The album brings his soulful blend of country with his trademark additions of R&B and gospel. It was featured on iTunes New and Noteworthy right off the presses. The first single, “To Love Somebody,” was released in late 2012 followed by the video. “Diggin in the Dirt” was the second single and a video followed that release also.

Tom Wurth has taken the stage with some of the biggest names in music including Vince Gill, John Ford Coley, T. Graham Brown, Lonestar, Eddie Money, Larry Gatlin and The Gatlin Brothers, Ronnie Milsap, Rascal Flatts, Ty Herndon, Billy Dean, Billy Currington, LoCash, Marty Stuart, Pam Tillis, Mel Tillis, Thompson Square, Tim Rushlow, Trick Pony, Clay Walker, Tony Coleman & others.

From one end of the country to the other Tom Wurth has performed at iconic venues such as The Wildhorse Saloon (Nashville), The Surf Ballroom, The Bluebird, B. B. Kings Blues Club, The Ford Theater at The Country Music Hall of Fame, The Grand Ole Opry Plaza, Isle Casino –Waterloo, Station Casinos –Las Vegas, Ameristar Casinos –Vicksburg, St. Louis & Kansas City, as well as a long list of Fairs, Festivals, Clubs and Performing Arts Centers.

Tom Wurth has entered the studio in the roll of producer with a number of aspiring artists and seasoned professionals including:

Co-Producer of John Ford Coley’s new 2016 project, Eclectic, a 26 song double album of all new music featuring Vince Gill, Georgia Middleman, Collin Raye, Jamie O’Neal & T. Graham Brown.

Co-Producer of Eddie Money’s, The Other Side of Money, including the track, “GimmeSome Water” that featured Vince Gill.

He is on Facebook (over 29,000 Fans), Twitter, VevoVideo Channel on YouTube, iTunes
Booking and Press Contact for RGV: Valerie Clark, Print It PR, PRServices@PrintItPR.com, 615-473-1105
Website/Videos: www.TomWurth.com

Valley’s Top Entertainers named at Valley Star Awards

20180222 ValleyStarAwards GU IMG 8415If the goal of entertainers is to make an audience laugh, cry, ponder or feel emotion and become fully engaged, then the Valley Star Awards achieved its goal in spades.

Each year, Winter Texans vote for their favorite entertainers in several categories leading up to the overall Entertainer of the Year. The event is organized by producer Robert Ferguson along with the Winter Texan Times.

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Top entertainers to perform at Valley Star Awards Saturday

20160220 Valley Star Awards LG WEBThose attending the 2018 Valley Star Awards Show are in store for a delightful evening of entertainment by some of the Rio Grande Valley’s best performers. Performing at this year’s Valley Star Awards are Dave & Daphne, Lindley Creek, Jason Whorlow, 4 His Glory, Kellie Marie, and Vance Greek.

This year’s Valley Star Awards is being held at a new location and a new time. The show will held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 17 at Casa Del Valle in Alamo.

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Terry Smith

20170126 Terry Smith EditedBorn in Oklahoma and reared in Denton, Texas. Terry Smith has been a resident of Nashville, TN since 1972, when he moved there to pursue a songwriting career. By day, he taught school and afternoons and evenings he walked the streets of Music Row, knocking on doors, visiting publishing companies, and pitching his songs.

His persistency paid off. Over the years his songs have been recorded by a wide array of artists. His most well-known composition is “Far Side Banks of Jordan,” first released by Johnny and June Carter Cash and subsequently cut by over 300 performers.

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Dale and Gayle Eisenhauer

Genres: Country, folk, cowboy, gospel, rock & pop, and comedy
Specialty: Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Website:http://www.daleandgayle.com/
Tour Dates: https://rgvaff.com/DaleAndGayle/schedule.html
Videos: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC29YjhvZbHYYVjyelFGdm8Q
Music: https://rgvaff.com/DaleAndGayle/#audioclips

Dayle and GayleDale & Gayle Eisenhauer, now simply “Dale & Gayle” are retired school teachers from the little town of Newkirk in northern Oklahoma. They are on their 10th year as full-time entertainers, traveling and spreading their love of music to everyone they meet. Since their retirement of 30 years each in the public school systems, they have visited and entertained in 38 states and performed nearly 1,000 shows.

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